mince matters

mince matters

Also, mince words. Moderate or restrain one's language to be polite or avoid giving offense. Today these phrases are nearly always put negatively, as in Not to mince matters, I feel he should resign, or Don't mince words-say what you mean. The usage dates from the mid-1500s and transfers cutting something such as meat into small pieces to minimizing the harsh impact of words.
See also: matter, mince
References in classic literature ?
I believed - not to mince matters - that I had a genius for reading the mind of the great ruler of high latitudes.
Not to mince matters, it really seemed to me a doubtful case whether the lungs of Mdlle.
You would be astonished to hear the names of people, of real personalities in the world, who, not to mince matters, owed money to Allegre.
to underline that he was not going to mince matters, and went on to criticize the many misconceptions between the West and the Muslim world.
The editor does not mince matters and book is equally enlightening for adults.
1d4Nf62c4c53d5b54cxb5a65f3 Michael Adams in his autobiography did not mince matters by stating it was surprising such a stupid-looking move could be so strong.